The Chopard Manufacture has garnered itself a reputation for exceptional metier d’art and haute horology over its 26 year existence including multiple tourbillon movements. And in their endeavour to achieve mechanical and aesthetic mastery, there is one accolade that represents perfection: Poinçon de Genève. And for the first time this illustrious certification has been awarded to their Alpine Eagle collection in the form of the new Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon.
Chopard’s Alpine Eagle collection sits alongside the very best sporty-chic watches like the Royal Oak thanks to its robust design, broad bezel and industrial flavour. It was originally introduced in 2019 (a great year for steel sports watches) and has subsequently been updated with various complications, materials and size options. The new Alpine Eagle Floating Tourbillon doesn’t rock the boat when it comes to its case, which is in their exclusive lucent steel with a 41mm diameter and the collection’s signature styling.
Similarly, the dial features the typical radial texture inspired by the iris of an eagle, a feature that gives the collection its name. Here it’s been rendered in Aletsch blue, Aletsch being the name of a glacier in Switzerland. However, the watch’s major focal point is the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. Flying tourbillons are having a field day at the moment with Audemars Piguet announcing a new one too.
On the Alpine Eagle, the flying tourbillon is part of the L.U.C 96.24-L automatic calibre, a stunning piece of horology with a micro-rotor, 65-hour power reserve, Côtes de Genève finishing and COSC chronometer status. All of which means it is both beautiful and mechanically excellent, the two major criteria for Poinçon de Genève certification, which it has achieved. That makes it the first Alpine Eagle ever to attain the legendary seal of excellence from Geneva, the spiritual home of watchmaking. Although that high status means the watch is price on request.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon
- Ref: 298616-3001
- Case/dial: 41mm diameter x 8mm height, Lucent Steel case, Aletsch Blue coloured dial obtained by galvanic treatment, made of gold
- Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
- Movement: In-house calibre L.U.C 96.24-L, automatic, Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark, COSC-certified chronometer, 25 jewels, 189 parts
- Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
- Power reserve: 65h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds on tourbillon
- Strap: Lucent Steel integrated bracelet
- Price/availability: Price on request